Since Lyft began offering rideshare services in 2012, Lyft has become the most popular rideshare company, operating in 658 cities across the United States. Unfortunately, the number of Lyft accidents has also increased. In addition to negligent Lyft drivers causing car accidents, sexual assaults within Lyft vehicles have also occurred.
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured in a Lyft crash, you must understand your legal rights. You may have a claim for compensation for your current and future medical expenses, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. The skilled attorneys at Rochelle McCullough are prepared to carefully review your case and help you understand your legal options.
How to Obtain Compensation After Being Injured in a Lyft Accident
Lyft provides its drivers with insurance coverage, but only under specific circumstances. Victims of car accidents must prove who is at fault for the car accident to receive compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. In Texas, the at-fault driver’s insurance generally provides the primary liability coverage for a personal injury claim. A Lyft driver may have his or her own auto insurance. Determining whose insurance policy may apply can be complicated.
When an accident occurs while a Lyft passenger rides in a Lyft vehicle, the $1 million insurance policy may cover the victim’s damages. However, insurance companies frequently attempt to deny or limit claims pursued by victims, especially when there is more than one policy that may apply. The Lyft accident attorneys at Rochelle McCullough will work diligently to determine the best strategy for recovering compensation in your case and pursue the most compensation possible.
What to Do After a Lyft Injury Accident
If you’ve been in an accident involving a Lyft vehicle, your main priority should be obtaining the medical treatment you need. Additionally, you should obtain information about the accident that can help you pursue a personal injury claim. After you receive medical care, you should speak to an attorney.
Only provide an insurance adjuster or sign a settlement agreement with a recorded statement once you speak to an attorney. Doing so could significantly hurt your compensation claim. When you work with Rochelle McCullough, our attorneys will immediately begin handling every aspect of your case, including taking the following steps:
- Obtaining the police report
- Determining which insurance policy or policies may provide coverage
- Identifying witnesses to the accident
- Obtaining medical records and reports
- Obtaining medical billing records through an affidavit
- Working on health insurance subrogation payments
- Communicating with and negotiating with insurance companies
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit as required
How to Sue Lyft for a Car Accident in Texas
Pursuing compensation after a rideshare accident can be more complex than typical auto accidents, and having an experienced attorney on your side is crucial. The Fort Worth attorneys at Rochelle McCullough have extensive experience recovering compensation for rideshare accident victims and their families.
We will investigate your case and determine which party or parties are at fault. For example, you may have a right to pursue a lawsuit against Lyft if they failed to properly screen their driver for a history of moving violations, motor vehicle accidents, or intoxicated driving. We know how to navigate cases that involve multiple insurance providers, including the policies of Lyft and the driver. Our attorneys also have an in-depth understanding of Texas’s rideshare laws.
Pursuing Compensation As an Injured Lyft Passenger
If you were a passenger in a Lyft vehicle and a third-party driver is at fault, determining which insurance policy may cover your damages is a critical step. The at-fault driver’s insurance policy would be the primary liability coverage. Unfortunately, the policy limits for the at-fault driver may not cover all your damages. The at-fault driver may be uninsured. In these scenarios, the uninsured/underinsured policy on your own vehicle may provide you coverage. Additionally, Lyft’s underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage may provide compensation. Discussing your case with an attorney can help you understand your options.
If you were a passenger in a Lyft driver’s vehicle and the Lyft driver caused the accident, Lyft’s commercial insurance policy should provide you with primary liability insurance. From the time a passenger accepts the ride until the ride ends, as tracked by the Lyft app, Lyft provides insurance coverage. When passengers are in the vehicle when the accident occurs, Lyft’s commercial insurance policy provides $1 million in coverage for all persons injured in the accident caused by negligent Lyft drivers.
Recovering Compensation If A Negligent Lyft Driver Causes Your Injuries
If the car accident was caused by the Lyft driver and the driver had a ride in process, the commercial insurance policy will probably provide primary liability coverage for the injured party. There may be a dispute between the Lyft driver’s personal auto insurance provider and Lyft’s insurance policy adjuster regarding which company is required to pay claims. It’s important that you discuss your case with an attorney who can advocate for your rights.
Fatal Lyft Accidents
If your loved one suffered fatal injuries in a Lyft accident, you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one. The victim’s spouse, children, and parents can pursue damages. While nothing can bring your loved one back, pursuing a wrongful death claim can help your family hold the at-fault driver accountable and recover damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of income contribution, and pain and suffering.
Discuss Your Case with a Skilled Fort Worth & Dallas Lyft Auto Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a Lyft accident, you must remember that Lyft’s insurers are not on your side. Insurance adjusters will often try to use a wide range of methods to deny or limit victims’ claims for compensation. The accident attorneys at Rochelle McCullough are prepared to advocate for your best interests by determining the best strategy for obtaining compensation in your case. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and hold negligent drivers accountable. Don’t hesitate to contact Rochelle McCullough to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights.
We extend our personal injury legal services to help clients with Lyft accident cases in Fort Worth, Dallas, throughout Texas, and in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Committed to advocating for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve